Forget advice on such subjects as “19 Ways to Make Sex Last Longer.”
Cosmopolitan magazine now offers tips on how to make urban riots last longer. Cool!
Cosmo, part of the Heart magazine empire, advocates contributing to bail out funds for rioters:
So many of the organizations that are dedicated to helping save and advocate for Black lives are in desperate need of additional funds, as are the families involved. And many protestors are being held on bail, so donating to a bail fund helps combat mass incarceration as well as racial and economic disparities.
Cosmo’s lengthy list of deserving organizations including the following:
The Milwaukee Freedom Fund has pledged to support protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as they carry out demonstrations following the shooting of Jacob Blake. On August 23, Blake was shot seven times in the back by the police as he tried to enter his SUV, where his three sons bore witness. CNN reported that prior to the shooting, Blake broke up a fight between two women.Black Visions is committed to organizing Black communities in Minnesota. Donate here and text Black Lives to 23559 to stay informed.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund pays bond for people in Cook County, Illinois. As the organization stated, the “inability to pay bond results in higher rates of conviction, longer sentences, loss of housing and jobs, separation of families, and lost custody of children,” so donating to these types of organizations is crucial.
The Louisville Community Bail Fund is using donations to bail out protestors and “provide post-release support to get them from jail, fed, and to a situation of safety.”
Tell me again, why are our streets so unsafe?
Alas, Cosmo seems to regard guilt tripping as a vital fundraising tool:
As the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter noted, “There isn’t a verdict in the world that will remove white supremacy from #louisville—that’s up to us as a community.” Allies— especially white allies who benefit from systemic racism and their privilege—can help by donating so that Black families in Louisville can “have the resources they need to heal and survive in the midst of this ongoing nightmare.”
Some of the rich have opted to finance U-Hauls to transport protest gear. Lisa Gersh, who has served as CEO of Martha Stewart Living, Goop, and Alexander Wang, has helped finance transport of that all-important protest gear. Ms. Gersh is on the board of The Bail Project.
We can certainly sympathize with the pain of the families of those whose deaths have led to the widespread rioting. You only have to look at her fresh, smiling face at a graduation ceremony in Louisville to mourn the loss of Breona Taylor, the 26-year-old ER technician. It breaks your heart.
But that doesn’t mean it is the result of systemic racism. There are better ways to honor her than riots, and perhaps to save some other young woman who is at a crossroads.
I wish some solid adult in her life had convinced this promising young woman that getting involved with a drug dealer would likely end badly. She might be alive today if she had had and heeded such advice. The police who came to her apartment that fateful night did so because her former boyfriend, a drug dealer, was suspected to be there. According to the Grand Jury, her then current boyfriend fired first at the police. Beyond sad.
But this is all so old-fashioned and reeks of promoting bourgeois values.
It’s seen as more sophisticated to bail out rioters, many of whom return immediately to the riots.
Cosmo’s 110 sex tips—so yesterday.
Think of bailing out rioters as the new orgasm for the Cosmo crowd.